This year, Gerda Taro (1910 – 1937)’s 80th anniversary of her death offers a good opportunity to highlight works from a talented war photographer. Killed in July 1937, while she was covering the Spanish civil war between Republicans and Francoists, Gerda Taro documented the daily life of Republican fighters and insurgents alongside her lover, Robert Capa.
Having fled German Nazism as early as 1933, Gerda Taro discovered the Parisian intellectual life in Montparnasse and joined the photographic agency Alliance-Photo as an assistant. There, she met Endre Erno Friedmann, and found in love with her. She later gave him the well-known nickname of Robert Capa. In 1934, Taro and Capa went together in Spain to cover the conflict. Today, pictures from Capa are quite known and famous while works from Taro still remain in the shade.
Considered as the first woman war-photographer, she is an example for many photographers, war photographer or photo-journalists, in a profession still dominated by men.